Interview with Karen Elizabeth Brown

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the outer skirts of Los Angeles. We moved around a lot, until we settled in the Sunland/Tujunga area. I learned to accept new circumstances and situations, but always kept a dream world in my mind. I still have some of those worlds in little notebooks where I jotted down my feelings.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in high school. My story about a mysterious black box got published in a school compilation and I was hooked. Although I took a hiatus to have my children, I wrote poetry and short stories in my notebooks, even when I was working as a registered nurse.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Title: Call of the Dragon. The King is dead. But before the prince is crowned King of Mar, a plot is uncovered that reveals the worst kind of treachery and deceit. The baker’s son, a lowborn commoner, is chosen by a dragon to rescue the true prince of Mar and return him to his rightful place on the throne. However, before he can do this, he must retrieve the crystal of truth, stolen from the royal crown and replaced with a fake. Plus, he is faced with realizing his true identity. Will there be enough time before the coronation to fight a battle with Wyvern and find a riddle complex enough to stump an angry faerie? After all is done, will he be strong enough to resist the pull of the dark magic offered by the master mage? It all ends in a conundrum that intrigues the imagination.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I heard about Smashwords from my sister and she encouraged me to share my stories so others could read them also. After having such a great response to my book Medieval Muse, I decided to share other stories I have written.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I wouldn't have been able to publish an e-book without the help of the Smashwords Style Guide. It walked me through a forest of things I knew nothing about, from formatting to marketing ideas. I consider e-books a big part of my life and seeing my books as part of that has been because of Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I greatest joy of writing is sitting down at my computer in the morning and getting lost in a story as I write. The time seems to slip away when I'm immersed in writing. The best part is putting those last few words down that say the story is finished.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have many fans yet, but they are special people who have taken the time to read my work. I feel an obligation to work harder and make my work the best it can be.
Who are your favorite authors?
Orson Scott Card, Mercedes Lackey, Toby Neighbors, Suzanne Collins
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When I have a story I haven't finished I look forward to getting out of bed and tackling the manuscript. I like to find new stories while I'm still working on a current manuscript. I scribble down notes all day long until something gels. The stories excite me and make me want to get up and get going.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a Kindle Fire that I love reading with. Other than that, hard copy books are next, then surfing the web and watching movies. I like visiting with my neighbors and friends so I don't get isolated. But when I'm working on a story, it seems to stay in the back of my mind, no matter what I'm doing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Searching through Smashwords and Amazon and by word of mouth through my friends and on Twitter. It's amazing how many books are recommended to me each day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called The Black Box. It was about this box that was stolen by a man because he wanted to know what was inside (Hmm, kind of like my new story The Puzzle Box). That was when I was 17 years old. Now I'm 61.
What is your writing process?
I start with an outline of my notes and I do a character interview of the main characters. After that I create the chapters and scenes according to the outline. Then I like to fill in the scenes as I go so it stays fresh and doesn't get stale.
How do you approach cover design?
I designed the covers for Destination Earth and Dragon Kind, but for Call of the Dragon I'd like a more sophisticated approach. I'm working with a graphic artist to get the best effect. We shall see the end result soon.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Mecerdes Lackey wrote four of my most favorites: Joust, Alta, Sanctuary and Aerie. These are books about dragons and their riders. They pushed me to a new level on my perspective about how to write about the dragons.
My last book is my Thesaurus. I'd be lost without it. The pages are starting to fall out of the middle, but I still use it.
What do you read for pleasure?
So many of my new friends have written books that I want to read, I can barely keep up. But that is what I read for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite is my Kindle Fire. If I can't get it downloaded onto there, I use Adobe Digital Editions on my desktop.
Describe your desk
My computer (laptop) is in the center and I have a pile of books on the left hand side, with my pens and a five drawer cubby on the right hand side. Everything I need is at my fingertips, except a few reference books. I looks messy, but I'm comfortable.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a second book to Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan called Gemini: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan. It's a continuation of the story of the clan with a set of twins that have tremendous powers, but are always getting into trouble. They discover trouble at the center of the galaxy and jump from one place to another trying to get out of it.
Published 2015-06-28.
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Books by This Author

Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 95,430. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
The MacKenzie clan is forced to flee from the devastating destruction of a supernova and is challenged to a ruthless game of survival. When all seems hopeless, a new generation arises to battle their worst enemy in a unique battle of wits. An epic read that will send you spiraling at warp speed through all the MacKenzie generations.
Dragon's Fury, Book 3, The Dragons of Mar
Series: The Dragons of Mar. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 59,140. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Darius is wanted by the King, a rogue sorcerer who has usurped the throne. Escaping arrest, he’s given a dragon stone and a dragon egg to guard. Not knowing what the dragon stone is, he tosses it in the bottom of his satchel and takes the egg to the desert to hatch. The desert dwellers, the Zandir, place him under their protection. With the dragon he's given the task to save the kingdom of Mar.
The Puzzle Box, Book 2, The Dragons of Mar
Series: The Dragons of Mar. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,220. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A mad chase through the kingdom of Mar involves sabotage, kidnapping and murder, before Ari’s stolen puzzle box finds its way to its rightful owner, a dragon from the Northern Country. Now Ari must do the dragon’s bidding in order to save Mar from an evil sorcerer who has come from another timeline to wreak havoc in the land. Will Ari have the courage and strength to stand up and fight?
Call Of The Dragon
Series: The Dragons of Mar, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,360. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A young man is chosen by a magnificent dragon to become a dragon rider with the mission to save the kingdom of Mar. But the task has difficulties, because the prince of Mar has been kidnapped and replaced with a look-a-like. An evil mage is bent on making sure the prince disappears forever so he can rule Mar. Can all be restored and the evil mage deposed?
Destination Earth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,120. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Civil war, intrigue and murder are all part of the Raider-113 space shuttle’s destiny, when its crew and passengers are accidentally transported far into the future.
Dragon Kind
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,230. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Marsilynda Weston’s grandfather dies, he leaves her a magic sword that sends her through a time portal, on a quest to kill a dragon. Plus, he requests that his associate, Richard Carnes, become her protector. But what happens next is a total surprise when the dragons turn out to be her friends and the nearby king and his knights her enemies.
Medieval Muse
Price: Free! Words: 13,100. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
What happens when Victoria Budroix receives a cameo that promises to give her the desires of her heart? Since she doesn’t know what that would be, a trip to medieval times, intrigue, threat of war and an overbearing lord are on the list for her to choose from. Or could it be meeting her one true love?